Morris Grants Fund Faculty Research

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ten faculty members representing disciplines from the College of Arts and Science and Haub School of Business have been announced as recipients of Michael J. Morris '56 Grants for Scholarly Research. The grants will allow these scholars to advance their research and scholarly pursuits this academic year.

Thanks to a gift from Morris in 2011, SJU established the fund to bestow up to 10 grants each year in the amount of $1,200, awarded to faculty who have been active in research.

“One of the hallmarks of a Saint Joseph’s University education is its stellar faculty,” says Morris. “In establishing these grants, my intention is to encourage and promote faculty research and publication to further strengthen the university’s academic reputation.”

The Morris Grant recipients for 2015-16 are as follows:

College of Arts & Sciences Haub School of Business

Shantanu Bhatt, Ph.D., Biology

Identification and Characterization of Hfq-dependent Regulatory small RNAs involved in the virulence of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli


Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., Decision and System Sciences

"Identify the Effects of Clear Visualization: Reduced Time to a Deeper Understanding of Data"


Steven Hammer, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Research related to the use of sound to compose: music, vocal utterances, sound effects and sonic feedback, noise, silence, etc.


Rajneesh Sharma, Ph.D., Finance

"Revisiting the Declining Price Anomaly in Wine Auctions"


Christopher Kelly, Ph.D., Sociology

Ongoing research on humane and effective interrogation methods


Feng Shen, Ph.D., Marketing

"Effects of Negative Political Advertising in the 2016 Presidential Election"


Jury Smith, MFA., Art

Support the research and materials needed to mount two art exhibits in March 2017


WaQar Ghani, Ph.D., Accounting

"Earnings Quality & Business Ethics in an Emerging Economy:  A Survey of Pakistani CFOs"


Grace Wetzel, Ph.D., English

Support: research for a scholarly article on mindfulness and contemplative pedagogy in First Year English; publication of this article; presentation of the research at conference


Ernest Baskin, Ph.D., Food Marketing

Knowledge is Power: The Effect of Demystification on Consumption Experience


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